Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bio2RDF: moving forward as a community

 Last week we held our first virtual meeting towards re-invigorating the Bio2RDF project with a significantly larger and vested community. From discussions, we plan to establish 3 focus groups around :

A. policy (information, governance, sustainability, outreach)
B. technical (architecture, infrastructure and RDFization)
C. social (user experience and social networking)

The next step then is for groups to:
1. identify and certify discussion leads (responsibilities: set meeting times and agenda, facilitate and encourage discussion among members, draft reports)
2. identify additional people to recruit from the wider community that would provide additional expertise (interested, but didn't attend the first? sign up now !)
3. extend and prioritize discussion items (what exactly will this group focus its efforts on in the short and long term)
4. identify and assign bite-sized tasks (so we can get things done one step at a time :)
5. collate results and present to the wider community

I suggest that groups self-organize a first meeting in the next two weeks to deal with items 1-4, and either meet again or use the Google documents to collaboratively report findings.

Finally, I'd like for us to hold another meeting with times that are much more accommodating for Europe + North America ;)  Please fill the doodle poll (
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and please sign up to the Bio2RDF mailing list for all future discussions.


Medha Atre said...
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M A said...


I am sorry if this is not the right place to ask this question, but I am trying to download some of the Bio2RDF datasets for my own experiments. I do not want to use the SPARQL web front, because I have a SPARQL query processor of my own.

I am not able to find a way to download those datasets.

Can you please help me?